At the other end of the scale another long-established champion, Rosa Mota of Portugal, attempts to extend her unequalled championship record in the women's marathon. After pulling out of her last two races with stomach problems, she is vulnerable to the challenge of Poland's Wanda Panfil. The woman most likely to frustrate her is the Olympic silver medallist in Seoul, Lisa Ondieki of Australia, returning after having a baby. The winners of this year's London and Boston Marathons, Germany's Katrin Dorre and the Russian Olga Markova, should provide strong competition.
The 10,000 metres women run today, but have six days in which to recover before Friday's final - perhaps too easy on them for Liz McColgan's liking. The first round of the men's 400 metres and the qualifying competitions in the hammer and triple jump are interspersed between the first four events of the heptathlon.Reuse content